Our Fellowship is a registered charitable institution. In 2005 we also became a registered Society with the name: First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

We are governed by a seven person Board of Directors, consisting five member-at-large, a secretary and chair. The minister is an ex-officio member. Board members are elected to a 2-year term and meetings follow a shared leadership model. The fellowship year runs from July 1 to June 30 with Board elections held each September.

First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, along with dozens of other Canadian congregations, is a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC). The CUC provides a voice for our vibrant, liberal faith community, within the interfaith community in Canada, and within the international UU community. The CUC is accountable to its members.

Our 2023-24 Board of Directors

Our 2023-24 Board of Directors (from left): Don Gayton (President), Russell McNeil, Tony Turner, Ellie Von Boetticher, John Soer (Treasurer), Carolyn Miller (Secretary)Lily Quan, Rev. Debra Faulk (ex-officio).
Committee Board Liaisons
Archives and LibraryOpen
Children and Youth Spiritual Exploration:Ellie von Boettcher
Communications (Publicity)Tony Turner
Environmental JusticeLilly Quan
Joint BuildingJohn Soer
Joint FinanceJohn Soer
Lay ChaplaincyRussell McNeil
Membership/Care and ConcernCarolyn Miller
Leadership DevelopmentTony Turner
Human ResourcesDon Gayton
Technology ManagementDon Gayton
Shared MinistryRussell McNeil
Shelter Management TeamLily Quan
Sunday ServicesLilly Quan
Staff Board Liaisons  
Office Administrator (Brenda Pilon)John Soer
Music Director  (Patrick Courtin)Tony Turner
Spiritual Exploration Coordinator (Wendy Jankovic)Ellie von Boettcher
Shelter Director (Paul Manly)
Shelter Administrator (Gina King)
Don Gayton
Paul Manly

Fellowship Documents

Access to Fellowship bylaws and policies, committee mandates and other documents can be found on our Documents Page.

Board Page (Password protected)